Meta's sneaky release of Llama 2 Long

PLUS: Humane's AI chip on the catwalk


Good morning, human brains. Welcome back to your daily munch of AI news.

Here’s what’s on the menu today:

  • Google’s new AI-powered Chromebook 💻 🧠

    It unveiled the Chromebook Plus, with new generative AI tech.

  • Meta quietly releases Llama 2 Long 🥷🦙

    It’s a new version of its open-sourced LLM, Llama 2.

  • Humane’s AI chip debuts at Paris Fashion Week 🤖 👙

    Naomi Campbell wore it at Coperni’s 2024 Spring/Summer fashion show.


Google’s AI-powered Chromebook 💻 🧠

Google unveiled the Chromebook Plus. It’s a laptop for education that contains new generative AI tech… so what can it actually do that’s new?

1/ AI is integrated directly into ChromeOS and includes AI writing assistants, image generation capabilities, and generative video call backgrounds.

2/ The AI features on the Chromebook Plus are limited to adult users only (because no kid ever figured out how to get around a parental lock… right?)

3/ Available to buy October 8th. Price will start at $399.


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Meta stealthily unveils Llama 2 Long 🥷🦙

Meta released a paper on arXiv for Llama 2 long. It’s an improved version of the open-source Llama 2 (Meta’s ChatGPT competitor).

Sneaky, sneaky.

The slippery deets:

1/ Llama 2 Long outperforms GPT-3.5 (16,000 tokens) and Claude 2 (100,000 tokens) for long user prompts.

2/ The main difference is its Rotary Positional Embedding (RoPE) which gives the LLM its longer attention span.

Rotary what-now? All you need to know about RoPE is that it’s a technique that helps LLM’s figure out the most important parts of any text input to pay attention to. It’s been used by HuggingFace the RoPE paper first came out in 2022 and now Llama is using it too.

3/ It’s trained using data from the Llama 2 chat and it’s gotten better coding, math, language understanding, reasoning, and prompt answering capabilities.

Data-table for the nerds:

Our take: The AI community has responded well to this new model (Reddit, Twitter, Hacker News, and more), but Meta received some flak for calling its LLMs “open-source” in the past when it was originally only made available to specific researchers until leaked by 4Chan users.


Humane’s AI Pin at a fashion show 🤖 👙

Humane Inc. showcased its AI fashion statement: a pin with embedded artificial intelligence you can wear on your clothes. It made its debut at the Coperni’s 2024 Spring/Summer fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.

Shake that AI.

Work it:

1/ Supermodel Naomi Campbell gave the first public display of the AI Pin on the runway.

2/ It doesn’t need to be paired to a smartphone and has optical recognition features, a laser-projected display, and more.

3/ More details to be revealed November 9.

Ooh, ahh.

Our take: Humane capitalized big time on the AI buzz for this chip. The details will purposefully be released on the day of an eclipse as well. The more buzz, the better, apparently.


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